Type ‘Easter’ into any search engine and chances are you’ll see a picture of me. That’s because I’m an ‘Easter flower’.
Not an official title, of course, but a popular name for any flower that blooms around the time of this Christian holiday, and will therefore turn up on just about any website giving ‘Easter table tips’.
However, the daffodil season actually starts much earlier than this. In February you can already see quite a few of my yellow brothers and sisters poking their heads up.
And by the way, we’re not all yellow! There are white, orange, and even pink daffodils.
There are small daffodils and big ones, daffodils with leaves and without, daffodils with a strong fragrance and those with none at all, daffodils with star-shaped flowers and a white ‘crown’ (as my inner petals are called), or oval flowers and a golden crown.
People disagree about exactly how many varieties there are, but there are 65 for sure, and some think there are 85.
The best-known is the bright yellow ‘trumpet daffodil’, so called because of its trumpet-shaped corona.
As if it’s playing us a tune – ‘don’t worry, spring is on its way!’ – just as an Easter flower should.